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					Open Source Software for Social Networking

There are many social networking sites around which you can join. But if
you want to start one on your own for a select group of individuals, you
can make one yourself and the only thing you will need is open source
software.

Open source software for social networking is free. It can be downloaded
into your computer and then set up in a matter of days or weeks. To help
you get started, here are some of examples which you can try out.

Pligg is an open source content management system. Its features include
individual profiles, multiple authors, article rating, private messaging,
advanced comment system, RSS feeds as well as the ability to import it as
new articles, module system, smarty templates, spell check, support for
multiple languages, live Ajax newsfeed and a URL blocklist. For you to
use this, you will need PHP and MySQL.

Next is NewsCloud and from the name itself, you can already tell what it
does and that is gives you the news. It doesn’t always have to be about
current events happening around the world but other matters which revolve
around your life which you choose to write about. You can even join
discussions with other readers.

What distinguishes Drupal from the other content management systems
around is that members get to vote on the articles posted there. It
supports a wide variety of websites ranging from corporate brochures,
community driven websites and personal blogs.

Dating sites have also used open source software for social networking
and one example is Dolphin by Boonex. This program has been around for 6
years, used by more than 20,000 websites and has over 100,000 downloads.
Those who made it say that it can do just about anything and the only
limitation is in your imagination.

Most of the open source software programs for social networking so far
are free. One that charges is PHPizabi but despite that there are still
people willing to use it. Some of its features include being able to
access it through your desktop, communicating with friends in the chat
room and maintaining a contact system.

From dating, we move on education and one open source social networking
program used by universities worldwide is Elgg. The reason why they use
it is because members get to create their own profile and customize it to
their own preferences. It also has comprehensive administration tools and
applications so you can store files and create or participate in a forum.

Mugshot allows members to post pictures, music and videos. The designers
are proud to say that while majority of the open source social networking
programs are open source for only the client, theirs is also for the
server. You can get updates from other sites and upload it here by
choosing the web version or the downloaded version.
As you can see, there many open source software for social networking.
You might think why create one when you can use one of the more popular
ones like MySpace, YouTube or Linkendin and the best answer to give is
that it is yours. Surely you have seen some flaws in many social
networking sites and wish they could improve.

Instead of wishing and praying, you could take action on your own and
maybe become better than them in the future.

				
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